Risks Of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), intended for men whose blood level of the hormone testosterone is below a certain level (known as low-T), has been shown to increase the risk of heart attack and other serious medical problems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in January 2014 that men taking TRT were at increased risk for ischemic stroke, myocardial infarction and death. The FDA further stated that it would continue to investigate.
TRT comes in a variety of forms, most commonly topical gels and creams or as an injection. The goal of this therapy, however it is taken, is to improve sex drive, strengthen bone density and build muscle. Unfortunately, two studies indicated that the risk of negative outcomes may outweigh the benefits. This risk is especially pronounced in patients within the first three months of treatment. One study also suggested that men over 65 were two to three times more likely to experience heart attack during the first 90 days of TRT treatment. The results were similar for men under 65 with a history of heart disease.
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If you have taken TRT and experienced heart attack, stroke or other negative outcomes, contact the attorneys at MyPhillyLawyer to learn about your rights after being injured by TRT drugs. Call (866) 352-4572 or contact us online to get started.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Big Business For Drug Companies
Drug companies almost certainly hope that aging baby boomers, worried about declining vigor, will continue to demand TRT from their doctors and that doctors will continue to prescribe it, whether patients need it or not. Millions of prescriptions have been written for TRT in the U.S. and abroad, making TRT drugs lucrative for pharmaceutical companies.
Legal Issues With TRT Drugs
One important legal issue is whether drug companies, in their efforts to market TRT drugs to the widest possible market, adequately described the risks associated with their products. If they are found to have deliberately downplayed those risks, patients injured because they took TRT could be eligible to receive significant compensation. Another issue is that drug company marketing may have deliberately suggested that TRT could be used to treat conditions other than the one for which this class of drugs was approved by the FDA – hypogonadism. Injuries sustained because TRT was prescribed based on misleading drug company statements could also make the manufacturers liable.
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Nearly a dozen companies have developed and marketed a TRT product (see a partial list of low-T products below). If you were seriously injured because you took one of them, find out about your legal rights. Contact the defective drug lawyers at MyPhillyLawyer to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options. Telephone (866) 352-4572 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.
Some Popular Low T Treatment Products:
- Axiron: Eli Lilly
- AndroGel: AbbVie
- Depo-Testosterone: Pfizer U.S.
- Testim: Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Delatestryl: Actavis Pharma, Inc.,
- Methitest: Global Pharmaceuticals